Literary Analysis of Time as a Theme in 'Childhood's End' and 'The Left Hand of Darkness'
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Literary Analysis of Time
The science fiction genre has introduced people to many different fantastical inventions and peoples that supposedly could only come through extreme imagination. Of course, new practical inventions such as flip phones and computers look a lot like some of the gadgets that were present in such television shows as Star Trek and movies like Star Wars. Science fiction has also given people an expanded view of many other qualities such as time. Because it takes so long for some stories to unfold or for space travel to take place. Many authors play with time as the reader knows it to make the book more palatable and understandable. The two books examined for this essay, Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End and Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness, each use time as an element in the story that allows the characters to become familiar with new twists, and gives the plot more power and credibility. The authors of these two stories use time as an agent with which they try to familiarize the reader with concepts that would at first seem repulsive or evil.
They are two very distinct novels and both were thought to be pioneering works for different reasons. Le Guin was one of the first women to produce what would later be regarded as a work of science fiction from a truly feminist perspective (Bonn), and Clarke's novel is still thought as a classic of the genre. These books were written during a time when real world events shaped the